There is a story in the Bible gospel of John, about a pool by the sheep gate in Jerusalem where an Angel comes in periodically to stir the water, and any person that enters into the pool first after the angel’s action was healed of his or her diseases.
Around this pool were gathered so many people with diverse afflictions, all waiting for the angel, and to get into the water. Among these group was a particular man who had been sick for thirty eight years, and had been waiting along with the others for an opportunity to get into the pool. Now it so happened that Jesus passed along that way one day, and seeing the man, He asked him; “Do you want to be made well?” But our man instead of answering the question directly, reeled out so many excuses why he was still lying down there – He told Jesus how didn’t have any family member or friend to assist him get into the pool, and so on.
You see like that man, there are so many of us who just wait. We sit around, we are where we are because we are waiting for the world to give us a chance. I hear and see it around me all the time; “oh if only I had a rich Dad or Uncle, I wouldn’t be here at this level”; “I am here because nobody wants to help me out.” Folks, the world have never given anyone a chance. Think of the big names we hear of today. The many great men and women who are reshaping our world today got where they are through their imagination, self-confidence, initiative and hard work.
It doesn’t matter how highly educated you are, whether you got first class degree from the Ivy League universities around, your education is worth nothing to you and the world if you don’t take action. Life requires you to take action. When Jesus got to heal that man, He asked him to take action: “Arise, take your bed and walk.” It’s the same thing we ought to do if we are to live our greatest lives.
Rise up from your complains, excuses, fears, worries, doubts…and WALK. Enough of your victim stories – Take Action. “Take responsibility for your own happiness and success. Your friends and family may reach out to you in times of need. Be grateful for that, welcome their efforts, but keep pushing on your own too. The more efforts you put in, the more opportunities you create.” – Nick Vujicic